Charlie Mitchell

Charlie Mitchell

After ITT collapse, for-profit ‘colleges’ finally get attention

The U.S. Department of Education has taken a step toward crimping the abuses too many students and all taxpayers have faced at the hands of “colleges” where the priority is profit. With more than half of ITT Technical Institute’s students’ loans in default, the Department of Education pulled the plug on ITT’s eligibility to receive student-aid money through grant and loan programs. The facts behind the ‘corporatizing’ of higher education are revealing.

Charlie Mitchell

Importing college students also a growth industry in Mississippi

In Mississippi, there are 16,000 nonresident college students, according to the Institutions of Higher Learning System Profile. The average add-on for nonresidents attending Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Jackson State, Alcorn State or the University of Southern Mississippi is very close to $10,000 year. That’s essentially $160 million in ‘found money.’

Charlie Mitchell

National parks are a freebie for Mississippi economy

Millions visit National Park Service properties in Mississippi each year, bringing an economic boost — and jobs — to the state. User fees, legions of volunteers and volunteer donations have kept the NPS going in an era of increasingly lean federal allocations. Not a nickel comes from the state budget.

Charlie Mitchell

Doctors’ advice: It’s time to opt in to Medicaid expansion

Mississippi should listen to the Mississippi State Medical Association, which recently said the state should drop its rejection to expand Medicaid. The expansion Congress approved as part of the Affordable Care Act is intended to help working people. Gov. Phil Bryant still says no, arguing that the expansion would bankrupt the state.

Charlie Mitchell

Candidates, media team up to panic voters

Electing our nation’s president should not be taken lightly. But remember: Presidential power is limited, branches of government are almost equal and big media will do anything to attract and hold an audience. Even scare them out of their wits.

Videos

Former stripper felt like 'a piece of meat,' but would he do it again?

Former New Orleans stripper Lance Borries of Vancleave talks about his two-year stint that led to a 'hard, fast life.' After the initial rush of the experience, he said it became 'just a job.'
John Fitzhugh Sun Herald
Former stripper felt like 'a piece of meat,' but would he do it again? 2:09

Former stripper felt like 'a piece of meat,' but would he do it again?

Brittney Reese clinic gives blind athlete a chance to learn from a pro 2:33

Brittney Reese clinic gives blind athlete a chance to learn from a pro

Biloxi police investigate fatal shooting scene 1:08

Biloxi police investigate fatal shooting scene

Stone RB Terrion Avery celebrates huge performance 1:14

Stone RB Terrion Avery celebrates huge performance